Mulanje NGO Drills Girls in Arts

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A local Non-Governmental Organization based in Mulanje, Othakarhakha Charity Foundation organized a one-week girls’ empowerment art camp in Mulanje.

106 girls attended the training and the trainers were volunteer teachers from United States of America.

Programs Director of Othakarhakha Charity Foundation Ted Mwango told Zodiak Online on Thursday during the graduation of the session that the girls acquired skills in music, drama, dance and poetry.

“Beside these arts, the girls also underwent training in some Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Counseling and today is the final day and these girls are displaying their skills acquired during the past four days,” said Mwango.

He said this is the fourth time for the organization to hold the girls’ empowerment camp, and they normally conduct such activity during holidays.

“Our aim is to give the girls opportunity or platform to choose and adopt skills they want as you know education is not a about employment,” said Mwango.

District Social Welfare Officer in Mulanje Martha Mkisi said the skills gained at the camp will help them to be resilient to challenges standing on their way and achieve their dreams.

“You have to set and achieve your goals and you need to work hard in your education for you to achieve your goals. Have self-esteem and be proud of yourself,” said Mkisi.

Sheila Msusa from Chambe was one of the participants during girls’ empowerment camp.

She said apart from art, they also learnt how to sew menstrual pads.

All the participants were beneficiaries of the organization’s bursary scheme and are doing primary, secondary and tertiary education.

According to Ted Mwango, the organization has in its bursary program over 450 girls. 

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